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Jackpot

Directed by Magnus Martens

Norway, 2011

Cornerhouse, 18 August 2012

 Jackpot

This crazy crime caper holds one’s attention right to the end.

There is blood and gore aplenty, but no fear, it is all slapstick.  Just innocent, harmless fun.

The performances are terrific, with Henrik Mestad being particularly effective.  He plays a steely, unnerving and rather twisted police detective.  Many moments of quirky, black humour add spice to the film.

The plot is undoubtedly derivative – an amalgam of A Simple Plan and The Usual Suspects, that would be an approximate and apt summary – but it is infinitely entertaining.  And there are more twists and turns than you find in an authentic pretzel.

A big thumbs-up.

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